Atlanta Streetcar Project Subsurface Utility Engineering

Location: Georgia; United States; North America

​The City of Atlanta was awarded a $47 million grant to fund a portion of the construction costs for a streetcar project. Because of the downtown location of the project, the engineer knew utilities would play a major role in its development.

Because of our extensive experience, reputation and resources, Cardno was selected as the subsurface utility engineering provider to meet a short deadline of five months. We designated (CI/ASCE 38-02) and surveyed approximately 30 miles of underground utilities, surveyed and inventoried aerial utilities on over 650 poles and completed more than 250 test holes (CI/ASCE 38-02 Quality Level A). We were also tasked to complete a topographic survey of the entire corridor, survey and map the right of way of the existing roads and interstate highway within the project area, and provide a dense network of survey control.

Within a tight four-week schedule, we created a utility adjustment schedule for each of the 17 utility owners by immediately scheduling a one-on-one meeting with each utility owner listed in the utility impact analysis to discuss schedules for procurement, design, splicing, traffic control and dependent activities, along with several other tasks that would impact the schedules. We then created a preliminary schedule for each utility owner’s review and comment, and then upon receiving comments, created a utility adjustment schedule plan, identifying each of the utility relocations.

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